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Briarcliff Manor Village Hall

Briarcliff Manor is a suburban village in Westchester County, New York, less than 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City. Its motto is "A Village between Two Rivers", reflecting its location between the Hudson and Pocantico Rivers. It extends into the towns of Mount Pleasant and Ossining, and includes the communities of Scarborough and Chilmark. In the precolonial era, the area was inhabited by a band of the Wappinger tribes of Native Americans. In the early 19th century, the area was known as Whitson's Corners. Walter William Law moved to the area and purchased lands during the 1890s; he also developed the village, establishing schools, churches, parks and the Briarcliff Lodge. The village was incorporated in 1902, growing from 331 people when established to 7,867 in the 2010 census. It is primarily residential and has a relatively wealthy population. Its recreational facilities and parks, about 180 acres (73 ha), are all accessible to the public. The village has an elected local government, with departments including police, fire, recreation, and public works (Village Hall pictured). A 2012 study found it had the second-lowest crime rate in the state. (Full article...)

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Battle of Fort Sanders

A lithograph depicting the Battle of Fort Sanders, the decisive engagement of the 1863 Knoxville Campaign during the American Civil War. The Confederate army, under Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, attacked the Union salient of Fort Sanders. Although he had superior numbers, Longstreet planned poorly and was unable to break through the fort's defenses; he called off his attack after 20 minutes. The Union defenders, under Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, suffered 13 casualties to the Confederates' 813.

Lithograph: Kurz and Allison; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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